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In plans announced by leader Ed Miliband, Labour plan to allow Counties to set bus routes and set fares, as well as being able to integrate transport services. This will give East Sussex County Council similar powers to regulate bus services as those in London.

In Hastings and Rye, Labour’s parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen welcomed the news and said,

hastings-train-station“This is precisely what we need to help protect our local bus services. For the thousands of bus users in Hastings & Rye, and particularly those who supported our Don’t Stop our Bus campaign to save 99 routes across East Sussex, this could turn around the cycle of dwindling bus services, cuts and constant fare increases.

“In the future, we, as an area, would have a direct say over what bus routes we need and we can ensure they are properly integrated with other public transport.”

Announcing the policy Ed Miliband said,

“Labour will legislate so that counties can set fares, decide routes, and integrate bus services with trams, trains and the wider public transport network. Bus services and public transport should be the arteries that keep our regional economics moving, our roads less clogged with cars, and working people travelling to where businesses need them. We will put the public interest back on our buses.”

At present most regions have a strong in-built bias towards heavily deregulated bus provision which prevents them from delivering integrated public transport plans that would allow Oyster card-style ticketing and joined up networks with rail services. It also prevents them combining a transport plan with a growth strategy.

​Labour’s plan would allow county regions which come together in combined authorities to use a simple and swift procedure for getting greater control over local bus services – setting routes and fares, introducing smarter ticketing, and integrating those services with wider public transport and growth plans.

This will mean that rather than different private companies or Whitehall taking decisions about public transport, local areas would be put in the driving seat. Similar models exist successfully in many other countries, including Denmark, and local areas already franchise for some other services in a similar way, for example the Tyne and Wear Metro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact info:

For more information please contact Michael Wincott on 07743 349682 or email Michael_Wincott@labour.org.uk

McPhersons have again separated themselves from the traditional accountant by becoming one of only 2% of accounting firms who have developed their very own app. So what made them decide to launch their app this week?

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Mcphersons new app menu screen. Get it on your Android or Apple device today.

Says Mark Finch, Director at McPhersons “The way we all communicate has changed and will continue to change. With most of our clients using tablets and smartphones, this App is perfectly designed to enable us to reach them. With an estimated 830 million enterprise smartphone and tablet App users, it’s a channel that accountants and financial service companies can embrace to stand out from the crowd.”

There are thousands of apps out there, what makes this one so good?

  •        It gives you access to a wealth of useful financial information, wherever you are;
  •        There are some extremely clever tools e.g. a Mileage Tracker so you never have to record your business miles manually                  again;
  •        You can find out all the latest tax information, thresholds etc. and these will always be kept up to date
  •        You have access to various calculators e.g. VAT, Loans, Mortgage, Savings and more…

And best of all, it’s FREE!

You certainly can’t accuse McPhersons of being stuck in the past. They might be 57 years old but their forward-looking vision places them in a strong position when helping their clients plan for the future.

How to get the app:

Android/ Samsung

Either go to the Play Store on your device, search for mcphersons accountants and download or go online and download from Google Store

Apple Devices

Either go to the  App Store on your device, search for mcphersons accountants and download or go online and download from iTunes Store

Review the app!

Once you have the app, click on ‘App Review’ and give them a rating!

A new recruitment service launches today that is aimed at providing flat fee recruitment to companies in the 1066 Hastings and Rother region.

1066 Shortlist, based in the Creative Media Centre in Hastings town centre provide cost effective recruitment solution designed to give local companies coverage across multiple premium job boards. Their partners include Jobsite, Monster, Reed, LinkedIn and many more. Their fixed price packages save thousands of pounds in recruitment costs compared to advertising directly through job boards or using recruitment agencies.

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1066 Shortlist launches its flat fee recruitment service to business within the 1066 area.

What is flat fee recruitment?

Flat fee recruitment (also known as fixed fee recruitment) is the process in which a company charges an agreed price up front for a recruitment service. No extra charges are incurred, even if you hire more than one candidate from the campaign. 1066 Shortlist provide a number of services to suit your needs and budget.

With their advertising service 1066 Shortlist will optimise your adverts to maximise applications and then shortlist the most relevant candidates for you to interview.

They also have a  CV searching service which allows you to tap into millions of active job seekers, previously only available to recruitment agencies and large companies.

They can even provide a telephone screening service to better assess candidate’s suitability and provide you with key employment information on CV Cover Sheets. Further details of all the options are available here.

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1066 Shortlist’s Flat fee recruitment service can get your job advert on all these sites and more.

Mike Sherwood, managing director of M-Connect and co-founder of 1066 Shortlist explains the reasons for launching;

“Being in the Creative Media Centre we have had many conversations with business owners and the problems they’ve been facing in finding the right staff in a reasonable time frame. We helped one business find the perfect candidate for a specialist role within a week. They had previously spent 3 months using every local advertising avenue without finding anyone suitable. They now use us for every role as it saves them time and money and lets them get on with running their business.”

This result quickly resulted in repeat business for 1066 Shortlist. Mike continues;

“The results were so positive and we saw how quickly it helped our client fill roles they had traditionally struggled with. We realised that other businesses in the area might want to have access to a similar service that saves money, time and hassle.

“We offer a chance to be seen on multiple premium job boards viewed by millions of active job hunters and utilise our recruitment expertise at a fraction of the usual cost. 1066 Shortlist was started so that we could help business in the area find the perfect shortlist of candidates for the roles they are recruiting for.”

For more details on the service they provide please visit their website here or alternatively call them on 01424 400090

The Directors at McPhersons Chartered Accountants are pleased to keep Business in Hastings members up to date with regular, useful financial information. In the first of a new series of exclusive columns, Ainsley Gill focuses on Payroll and how smaller businesses are impacted by recent HMRC changes.

WHAT IS RTI?

McPhersons, Chartered Accountants East Sussex

Ainsley Gill from McPhersons Chartered Accountants tells us about the HMRC RTI changes for PAYE which come in to effect next year.

On 6th April 2013, HMRC changed the way nearly all UK businesses report Pay as you Earn (PAYE).

Real Time Information, or RTI, is a new system that HMRC has introduced to improve the operation of PAYE. RTI does not change the way you calculate PAYE, it simply means you need to make more regular submissions. Each time you pay your employees you will need to submit PAYE information to HMRC, rather than just once a year at the end of the Payroll Year.

HOW HAVE THE RULES BEEN RELAXED FOR SMALLER BUSINESSES?

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees can benefit from a temporary relaxation of the Real Time Information (RTI) reporting arrangements. Until April 2014, employers with fewer than 50 employees who pay their staff weekly or more regularly and find it difficult to report at the time of payment may now send information by the date of their regular payroll, but no later than the end of the tax month (which is the 5th of the month).

HMRC has confirmed that for 2012/13, penalties will not be applied for inaccuracies found within the in-year Full Payment Submission (FPS). However, they may be charged after the end of the tax year based on the final FPS for the year. Penalties may also apply for inaccuracies found within the in-year returns for the 2013/14 tax year, using existing criteria. From 6 April 2014 there will be new late filing and late payment penalties.

WHAT ARE THE TEETHING PROBLEMS WITH RTI?

New Employees incorrect Tax Codes

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RTI is coming soon. Make sure your business is ready for it.

For new employees, if the employee shows up on a later RTI submission, HMRC will treat them as a new worker and issue a tax code which may be incorrect as it won’t take into account their past employment record. If this happens, you should continue to use the previous code and call HMRC on 0845 300 0267 to correct the records.

What if an employee doesn’t have a National Insurance Number (NINO)?

You are allowed to submit a Full Payment Summary for employees without a known NI number. What is not allowed is to make up a number.

If an employee does not know their NI number they can submit a form CA5403 to HMRC.

 

What if there is nothing to report?

If there is nothing to report, you need to submit a nil Employer Payment Summary (EPS). This will avoid you being sent estimated demands.

DISCLAIMER

This feature aims to give some informal hints and tips for small businesses. McPhersons Chartered Accountants will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies. For detailed advice, please contact McPhersons to arrange a consultation. on 01424 730000.

For additional information please visit the official RTI HMRC page here.